It's come to the point where, if we don't stop them, we're toast.
For a couple of years, OPEC and the International Energy Agency have projected big increases in fossil fuel consumption over the next 30 years. Sure, alternative clean energy will grow but, with the indifference of governments such as our own and their insistence on continuing to give fossil fuels a leg up, the green energy transition is looking like an illusion.
In today's National Observer, Barry Saxifrage reviews the latest "BP Statistical Review of World Energy."
Despite decades of promises to prevent a climate crisis, the primary cause of it — global fossil fuel burning — continues to increase rapidly. Last year's record-breaking burn was a doozy.
And renewable energy — a hoped-for climate solution — has not only failed to halt the explosive rise in fossil carbon burning, it's falling ever-further behind.
Saxifrage has drawn a few illustrative graphs from BP's stats. The first depicts global fossil burn going back to 1990 when the world dutifully agreed that we must do something about this.
Not very pretty, is it? Our 1990 consumption has grown by roughly two-thirds. Next up, Canada. Here's a chart showing fossil fuel burn per capita by country. Hey, hey - look at that, we're Number Two, right behind Saudi Arabia.
The next two charts show change in per capita fossil fuel burn since 1990 and then Canada's overall fossil fuel consumption to 2018.
So, unless you enjoy the sensation of smoke being blown up your ass it's time to accept that Andrew Scheer and, yes, Justin Trudeau are very much petro-statesmen. That means they'll lie right into your face and smile while they're doing it.
Canadian politicians like to say that we are world leaders in the climate fight.
The energy data in this BP report shows the opposite. It shows that Canadians burn more fossil fuels per capita than almost any other country. And it shows that instead of cutting back as required to prevent a full-blown climate crisis, we just keep burning more and more.Aren't you tired of the steady diet of their horseshit? You should be. If we're going to stop this we'll have to work around these petro-pols. That starts this October.
If Canadians want to pass along a safe and sane climate system to our future generations, we will need to quickly change course. Many of our peer countries peaked fossil burning years ago and have policies we could adopt.